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COVID-19 Status Update for 12/07/2021

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COVID-19 Status Update for 12/08/2020

Marin County COVID-19 Status Update for December 8 a video update from Dr. Willis; a detailed update about the new Stay Home order and businesses restrictions; a blueprint update from the State; and updated COVID-19 data.

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The Marin County COVID-19 Status Update is published weekdays and as needed to share important news and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic and to keep the local economy running. We remain here for you.


VIDEO:  COVID-19 Update to the Board of Supervisors

Today, Dr. Matt Willis updated the Marin County Board of Supervisors about the current COVID-19 response.  His update provided greater detail about surges in cases locally and nationwide, rationale for adopting the state’s Regional Stay Home Order, an overview of new local and state restrictions, new details on COVID-19 vaccine efforts in Marin County, and more.

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The Regional Stay Home Order: What is allowed to operate?

As of today, December 8 at 12pm, the State of California’s Regional Stay Home Order is in effect for Marin County. Under the Stay Home order, all gatherings with members of other households are prohibited, except as expressly permitted in the State’s Regional Stay Home order.  The intent of the order is to reduce gatherings and activity in our communities to stop the spread of COVID-19.  The Regional Stay Home Order asks all individuals to stay home or at their place of residence as much as possible, except to complete only the most essential tasks, like go to the doctor, buy groceries, take your child to school, go on a hike, or worship outdoors.

The Regional Stay Home Order affects business operations in several industries.  Here is an overview of businesses that must close, modify operations or can continue under the order.  For further clarification, please visit the State of California’s Regional Stay Home Order webpage.

Arts & Entertainment

  • Allowed to operate, with restrictions:  Industries, studios, and other related establishments such as establishments that provide content for professional broadcast can operate without live audiences.
  • Must close, both indoor and outdoor operations:  Museums, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, cardrooms.


  • Allowed to operate, with restrictions: All construction sites and construction business office operations.

Faith Services & Cultural Ceremonies:

  • Places of worship, cultural ceremonies and political expression is allowed in outdoor environments only.

General Office Space:

  • All office space should allow for remote-only operations except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.

Gyms & Fitness Studios:

  • Allowed to operate, with restrictions:  Outdoor gyms, fitness studios, and related classes (e.g., dance, yoga, etc).
  • Must close:  All indoor gym and fitness studio operations

Hotels, Motels & Hospitality

  • Short term lodging facilities are allowed to operate for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.
  • Hotels and lodging cannot accept or honor out-of-state reservations for non-essential travel, unless the reservation is for at least the minimum time period required for quarantine and the persons identified in the reservation will quarantine in the hotel or lodging entity until after that time period has expired. 

Outdoor Recreation

  • Allowed to operate, with restrictions: Outdoor recreational facilities and sites may operate for the purpose of facilitating physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise, without any food, drink or alcohol sales.  Outdoor recreation facilities include parks, skate parks, sports courts (e.g., basketball, tennis), and related facilities.
  • Must close: Overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted; Both indoor and outdoor playgrounds must close.

Personal Care & Hair Services

  • Allowed to operate, with restrictions: Medically prescribed massage (e.g., with referral from physician or physical therapist)
  • Must close, both indoor and outdoor operations: Hair Salons, Barbershops, Nail Salons, Tattoo parlors, piercing shops, tanning salons and related businesses.

Restaurants, Wineries, Bars

  • Allowed to operate, with restrictions: Restaurants can offer food take-out and delivery only
  • Must close, both indoor and outdoor operations: Wineries, bars, breweries and distilleries (does not serve food) must close.

Retail & Malls

  • Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.  Food courts and common areas should close.


  • Libraries follow retail guidelines: indoor operations may continue at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the branch locations.

School Services

  • Allowed to remain open and provide on-site classroom-based instruction to students.

Childcare & Youth Programs

  • Childcare programs are permitted continue.
  • Youth programs are permitted to continue
  • Youth sports are restricted to outdoor activities only limited to individual conditioning and training activities where physical distancing and mask wearing can be enforced.      

Still have questions? Review our Frequently Asked Questions page developed from top questions received by our call center.

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California Blueprint Update: Marin Moves to Tier One

Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) confirmed Marin County’s placement back in Tier 1 (purple status) on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework.  CDPH’s December 8, 2020 assessment for Marin County includes:


Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4

Marin County

Adjusted Case Rate per 100,000

> 7

4 to 7

1 to 3.9

< 1


Overall Test Positivity Rate

> 8%

5% to 8%

2% to 4.9%

< 2%


Equity Quartile Test Positivity Rate

> 8.0%

≤ 8.0%

≤ 5.2%

≤ 2.1%


CDPH’s update was based on data from November 22 to November 28. Marin’s adjusted case rate has increased by 3.7 and the test positivity rate increased 0.4 since CDPH’s analysis on Tuesday, December 1. Review Marin’s data in greater detail on Marin HHS’s State Metrics for Marin County webpage.

What does a change in Tier mean when the Stay Home order is in effect?

The Regional Stay-Home Order is more restrictive and supersedes the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, therefore, Tier 1 business guidelines do not apply. However, Marin’s move to purple status now requires any schools that have not yet reopened to in-person classroom learning to apply for a waiver in order to reopen. Schools that already reopened to site-based learning – either by approved waiver or having opened when Marin County was in Blueprint Tiers 2 or 3 – may remain open and are unaffected by Marin’s new Tier 1 status or the Regional Stay Home Order.

If the Stay Home Order in effect, does the Blueprint Status matter?

Yes. The Stay Home Order is temporary will be in effect for Marin County through January 4, 2020 (or longer if available ICU capacity for the Bay Area should fall below 15%).  Once the Stay Home Order ends, businesses will resume operations in accordance with Marin’s current placement in the Blueprint framework.



Join us tomorrow: “The Stay-Home Order: Q&A For Businesses”

We understand the Stay-Home Order arrived quickly for everyone, especially our businesses. We invite our local businesses to join us for a virtual town hall meeting especially so we can help tackle your questions about the Regional Stay-Home order.  Questions will be taken during the event.


  • Dr. Matt Willis – Public Health Officer
  • Max Korten – Coordinator for Marin Recovers Industry Advisors

Wednesday, December 9, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

How to participate:


Call-in: 1 (669) 900-6833

Webinar ID: 956 2661 1169

Attendee ID: #

Passcode: 074775



COVID-19 Data Update:

Below is a summary of today’s data now available on Marin Data & Surveillance webpage. View the page for a broader range of data, plus interactive graphs for confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Data analysis is available by age range, gender, race and city/town/geographic region. Questions about the data? See our Data FAQ or contact us.


COVID-19 activity in Marin:


Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update*

Total Confirmed Cases


+ 90

Total Recovered (14 days post-diagnosis)


+ 27

Total Deaths



Total / Cumulative Hospitalizations



Tests Conducted Among Marin Residents


+ 537

*The last status update was issued Monday, December 7.


Current Hospitalization Data:

Note on hospitalization data: Marin Health and Human Services, in consultation with our local hospitals, is using an internal calculation for ICU availability that includes consideration for full staffing capacity. This methodology currently differs from the calculations used by state and reported on the Blueprint website.


Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update*

Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations



Current COVID-19 ICU Patient Census



Available ICU Beds – Marin County


- 13%

Available ICU Beds – Bay Area


- 2.4%


Residential Care & Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 activity:


Today’s Report

Change from Last Status Update

Positive Patients at Facilities cumulative


+ 6

Positive Patients at Facilities current



Positive Staff at Facilities current


- 3

Facility Patient Deaths



Facility Patient Deaths as percentage of all COVID+ deaths




State COVID-19 activity:


Today’s Report

Change from yesterday

California Confirmed Cases



California Deaths





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